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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 3/17/2019

There's nothing more soothing than going back to relax in a beautiful space at the end of the day. Bedrooms have been known to look neutral. If you're willing to step out of that thinking and give your room a new look, here are some DIY bedroom makeover ideas you should try.

Use complimentary patterns

From your bedspreads to your pillowcases, and even the wall decor; playing with lovely patterns can bring out the beauty of your bedroom. More importantly, stick to one or two colors and merely work around their different shades and tones. For example, your walls could have splashes of sky blue, bedspreads with captivating cerulean stripes, and your lamp with a darker blue shade. However, you can use a refreshing combination of other colors too. Printed pillows with light colored bedding comes out beautifully. 

Have a rolling cart by the bedside

Instead of a fixed shelf with a lamp, alarm clock, and a couple of other items scattered around, a rolling cart with different shelves can give your room a different look. On the shelves, you can neatly place the things you'll often need to have handy. Of course, your alarm clock and lamp should be at the top.

Hang wall decor

Framed photographs, artworks, and murals can turn your 'ordinary' bedroom into that relaxation space of your dreams without costing you much. Depending on your taste, decorations can be hung stylishly above your bed as a headboard or even behind your dresser.

Install nightstand lamps

It is doubtful that anyone will find it pleasant and tranquil to relax in a room with piercingly bright light fixtures. Your walls should have a reflective tone, so use nightstand lamps for dim light.

Go green

Your room is no garden or lawn, but a few potted plants can be useful. Spider plants, for instance, help to filter the room’s air and generate more oxygen. This means you don't have to run out of breath. Fresh flowers will also add natural fragrances to aid your relaxation.Change your drapesYour windows don't need to have a boring view. Fresh curtains with colorful details can do the trick.

Rearrange your furniture

Personalizing your bedroom comes with making particular decisions to determine what's comfortable for you and how to get it done. There are tons of standard room arrangements out there with strict dos and don'ts. But nothing stops you from pulling your bed closer to the window or wherever else you want it. You're the pro here.

Keep these ideas in mind when shopping for a new home. Not every property will be staged to your liking, so ask your real estate agent to help you see the potential of the space.




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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 3/10/2019

The definition of a "dream house" varies from homebuyer to homebuyer. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to determine if a residence is right for you.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you evaluate a home so you can decide whether to proceed with an offer to purchase.

1. Review a Home's Features

Think about why you are searching for a home and what you want to find in a house. For example, if you require a home that features a deluxe kitchen, you can narrow your house search accordingly. On the other hand, if you want a home that boasts an above-ground swimming pool, you can focus on houses that offer this amenity.

Consider where you want to reside too. That way, you can hone your home search to a select group of cities and towns and find a residence that is located in one of your preferred locations.

2. Examine a Home's Price

The cost of a home depends on a number of factors, including the residence's age and condition. Of course, the housing market itself plays an important role in a house's cost as well, so you'll want to examine the real estate sector closely. By doing so, you can differentiate a buyer's market from a seller's market – or vice-versa – and determine if a home's price falls within your budget.

In a buyer's market, there may be an abundance of quality houses available at budget-friendly prices. If you shop for a home in a buyer's market, you may be able to purchase a house at or below a seller's initial asking price.

Comparatively, in a seller's market, there is a shortage of premium houses, and top-notch homes that become available may be in high demand. In a seller's market, you may need to act fast to acquire your dream home. Plus, you may need to submit an offer to purchase that exceeds a seller's initial asking price so you can purchase your ideal residence without delay.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a home selling expert, and he or she is happy to help you weigh the pros and cons of buying a house. In fact, a real estate agent will go the extra mile to ensure you can make the best-possible decisions throughout the property buying journey.

With a real estate agent at your side, you can receive lots of support so you can enjoy a seamless homebuying experience. A real estate agent first will learn about you and your homebuying goals and help you search for a residence that matches your expectations. Next, a real estate agent will help you craft a competitive offer to purchase your dream home. And if your homebuying proposal is approved, a real estate agent will help you finalize your house purchase.

Use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble deciding if a house is right for you.




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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 3/3/2019

If budgeting isn’t your thing, you’ll be glad to discover that it’s quite simple. There’s a way to categorize your spending and save money easily. If you learn the rule, it will become so automatic that you won’t even think about it. If you’re saving money for a home, this practice will be essential. Break your budget down into three categories: 


  • Living expenses
  • Financial goals
  • Personal spending


Half of your budget should go towards living expenses. This number includes all of the essentials like rent or mortgage, utilities, groceries, commute costs, and insurances. 


20 percent of your income should go towards other financial goals like savings, investments, or paying down debt. Credit card bills, student loans, and other bills would fall under this category. This category is also where you’d save for your down payment, closing costs, and other expenses. This percentage can be adjustable depending on how much debt you have or how much you need to save for retirement. 


The remaining 30 percent of your income can go towards personal spending. This category includes everything that you use your money for but isn’t a necessity. This percentage is also flexible. If your lifestyle doesn’t require you to use all 30 percent each month, you can indeed save more money.


A Clear Plan 


These categories simplify your budget. Even if you make some adjustments to the numbers, the outline truly makes budgeting easy even for the most scatterbrained among us. It allows you to see where your money goes clearly. It also works no matter what kind of living situation you have.


The great thing about this budgeting plan is that you have some future needs built into it. Many times, when we budget, we think of our immediate needs and our shorter term goals. Saving for any occasion can never happen too early. You are able to not only focus on your current goals and the future.   



Steps


First, determine your monthly income. This number is how much money you take home after taxes. From here, you’ll be able to split your money into categories by percentages. If your income fluctuates frequently, you’ll need to take an average of your monthly income to determine your numbers. 


Next, you should take a look at your spending habits. These include everything from your morning latte to your monthly rent payment. From here you can make adjustments. Perhaps you need to look for a less expensive apartment. Maybe you need to cut down your weekly pizza to a bi-monthly purchase. Whatever you see in your finances, a simple percentage rule gives you the tools you need to become a saver and be well on your way to the purchase of your first home.     





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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 3/1/2019

This Single-Family in Barnstable, MA recently sold for $630,000. This Cape style home was sold by Thomas Murphy - Pine Shores Real Estate.


23 Middle Pond Path , Barnstable, MA 02648

Marstons Mills

Single-Family

$629,900
Price
$630,000
Sale Price

10
Total Rooms
4
Beds
3/3
Full/Half Baths
Chef's Delight!! This gourmet kitchen would make any celebrity TV host jealous!! Spacious Cape style home located in very desirable Indian Lakes Estates. It has 4/5 bedrooms, 6 baths, just in time for you to call home before for the summer months. First and second floor master bedroom suites with spacious and plentiful closet space too. Finished walkout basement, with beautiful grounds and patios surrounding a large in-ground pool. All this and Deeded Beach and Tennis rights.

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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 2/24/2019

Ready to embark on a new adventure? List your house, and you may reap the benefits of your decision for years to come.

Ultimately, there are many reasons why you should consider kicking off the home selling journey today, and these include:

1. You could profit from a home sale.

Diligent home sellers generally have no problem showcasing their properties to dozens of prospective buyers and generating significant profits. If you know how to effectively promote your residence to property buyers, you could enjoy substantial profits from your home sale.

Oftentimes, it helps to bolster a house's curb appeal prior to adding a residence to the real estate market. A home only gets one chance to make a positive first impression on buyers. And if your residence boasts a dazzling front lawn, pristine siding and other stunning exterior features, it may be better equipped than other properties to stir up interest from buyers.

You may want to get your house appraised too. This ensures you can get a property valuation from a home appraiser and establish a competitive initial asking price for your residence.

2. You can upgrade or downsize.

Although your present home may have suited you perfectly when you initially bought it, now may be a good time for a change. Fortunately, you can upgrade or downsize as needed if you sell your home.

Think about your current living situation and future plans. Then, you can simultaneously list your residence and search for a new house that matches your criteria. And once you finalize your home sale, you can seamlessly relocate to a new address.

3. You can live closer to family members and friends.

If you enjoy spending time with family members and friends, you may want to find a house that is close to these loved ones. Meanwhile, if you currently are forced to deal with a long commute to visit loved ones, listing your house may help you take the first step to live near family members and friends.

When it comes to finding a house near loved ones, it may be beneficial to hire a real estate agent as well. A real estate agent can help you list your current residence and search for a new home close to family members and friends. That way, you can get the support you need to accomplish your desired goals.

During the home selling process, a real estate agent will showcase your residence to potential buyers and negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf. He or she also will respond to any concerns or questions that you may have throughout the house selling journey.

Furthermore, if you need to find a new home once you sell your current residence, a real estate agent is happy to assist you. This housing market professional can keep you up to date about available properties in your preferred cities and towns and help you find your dream residence.

Hire a real estate agent today, and you can receive expert guidance any time you want to sell or buy a house.